Fourteen years ago, Turtle Man, also known as Milt Stegall decided to head up north after three very up and down years in the NFL.
He was mostly a kick returner and punt returner.
Then he became one of the greatest, if not the greatest CFL player of all time.
Stegall's decision to retire comes as no surprise. He was going to hang up the cleats a year ago, but decided to give it one more go.
In his last CFL year, Stegall caught a 92 yard TD pass to give himself the all-time lead in receiving yards.
Other records that the Turtle Man has accomplished in what is the greatest career of any receiver in the CFL are:
- CFL's all-time touchdown leader (147)
- Most touchdown receptions in a career (144)
- Most receiving yards in a career (15,071)
- Most touchdowns in one season (23)
Other accomplishments that Milt has achieved over his fourteen year career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are:
- CFL all-star : 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Most Outstanding Player - 2002
- Ranked number 15 on TSN's top 50 CFL players of all-time
So, whenever I sit down and watch a Blue Bombers' game this year, one player will be missing from that roster, good old Turtle Man, No. 85, Milt Stegall.
Some people might not really care, after all, he did say hockey wasn't a sport.
I will surely miss him, but I can always live by one of his greatest quotes.
"There's only six guarantees in this world. Death, taxes, trouble, Milt Stegall being on time, Milt Stegall being pretty, Milt Stegall being in tip-top shape. There are only six guarantees."
The CFL world will miss our little Turtle Man!